Johnny Holm closes the opening night of the Douglas County Fair with a rocking set

The Johnny Holm Band ended the opening day of the Douglas County Fair on Aug. 17 by rocking the night away.

The dance floor was alive for the Johnny Holm Band at the Douglas County Fair. (Thalen Zimmerman / Echo Press)

The soft opening of the Douglas County fair took place on Aug. 17, with the gates opening at 5 o’clock and ended the night with the legendary Johnny Holm Band .

Due to rides not yet operational and about half of the food vendors serving food, opening day for the Douglas County Fair had a more intimate atmosphere.

A crowd of fair attendees partied with the Johnny Holm Band during the soft opening of the Douglas County Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press)

The people who did make it out for the soft opening could enjoy some of the animals that were already tucked away into their designated barns, projects put on display in the exhibit areas and live music that started at 7 p.m. by the beer garden.


The Legendary Johnny Holm Band topped off the night with cover songs for a decent-sized and eager crowd with a setlist that rocked all the way to closing time.

The Douglas County Fair will continue through Saturday night, Aug. 21. Tickets for the fair can be purchased at the gate or online at

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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